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Islamic Movement in Nigeria rejects police claim about Zakzaky detention

Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky

Danjuma Abdullahi

Press TV, Abuja

Nigeria’s intelligence agency (DSS) says it is keeping prominent Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky in detention because of the cleric’s own decision.

But this claim is rejected outright by supporters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria. They have described the agency’s claim as an act of mischief and deliberate blackmail.

Supporters of the Muslim cleric say the actions of the Nigerian intelligence agency are contrary to the laws establishing it. They say the agency has become a tool for implementing the whims and caprices of oppressive leaders instead of protecting the interests of Nigerians.

They said there is no way Sheikh Zakzaky would prefer detention to freedom. The Nigerian Department of State Security has issued a statement saying Sheikh Zakzaky had appealed to the court to be detained in its facility after he came back from India.

The secret police said its detention facilities are good and within acceptable international standards.

Meanwhile supporters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria say as they approach the fourth anniversary of the December 2015 Zaria Massacre, the Nigerian police have opened fire on peaceful religious processions in Zaria and Kaduna.

They confirmed that one person was killed and twelve others were injured in the attack.

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